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The Woolmark Company presents / 发布短片 Armour short film

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The Woolmark Company presents
/ 发布短片 Armour short film
Video & Article courtesy of Woolmark & NAC Media Group

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作为 New World Wool 活动的一部分,The Woolmark Company 推出了一部由澳大利亚电影导演本·白里安创作并执导,澳大利亚女演员刘承羽主演的短片《Armour》,以庆祝澳大利亚与中国成功开展羊毛贸易50周年。影片的主要取景地位于塔斯马尼亚美丽的乡村——著名的美丽诺羊毛产地。在这一极具视觉震撼力的作品中,随着回忆的浮现、时空的交错,迷人的浪漫主义与动人心魄的暗雅色调激情碰撞,令观众感官大开。影片融入了2018 秋冬羊毛服饰,包括 Jacquemus, Paul Smith, Max Mara, Erin Snow 和 John Smedley 等世界顶级品牌和时装设计师品牌,并巧妙地以叙事线串联起来。这部电影主要讲述了女主人公回忆起一场改变了她一生的遭遇,并找到了时刻能勾起这段回忆的物品—一件剪裁精美的 Paul Smith 羊毛大衣。每当主角穿上这件剪裁精美的大衣,她便能感受到那熟悉的温暖,从而传递出人类与服装之间的情感纽带。“我受到了羊毛制造工艺的启发,因为它恰恰体现了原生态材料转变为精致物品的过程,”导演本·白里安解释道,“这其中蕴含了一种摄人心魄的张力,因此我希望通过这部电影来探索这一贯穿所有人物动态和主旨的理念:一个纯粹不加修饰的角色同样能传达美丽;一个动荡不安的世界同样能发生浪漫的爱情故事;迷人的风景之下同样蕴含着粗犷与原始;以及来自不同世界的人物交汇。”

金木水火土,以及它们拥有的熔化、渗透、分离、吸收和淬火作用构成了这部电影:在中国传统文化中,五行的五种阶段被认为是造就诸多不同现象的因素。“这些叙事元素决定了这只不是一部时尚短片,而是一部具有时尚内涵的短片,”白里安补充道,“我们将这些哲学理论无缝融入图像和情节之中,试图创造出一个意蕴深厚的故事。通过与世界一流的电影人合作,我们得以通过无可挑剔的工艺将这部电影变为现实,为观众奉上一部佳作。” 刘承羽表示:“能够与本·白里安导演合作在澳大利亚的标志性景点为 The Woolmark Company 拍摄短片,我感到非常荣幸。我也迫不及待地想与观众分享这部作品,它不仅拥有震撼的视觉效果,更讲述了一个以女性为主导的动人故事。”

今年,《Armour》将在8月底由The Woolmark Company于上海举办的放映活动上首次亮相,随后也将通过其全球数字渠道发行。

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Natasha Liu Bordizzo stars in Armour, a short film written and directed by Ben Briand as part of The Woolmark Company’s ‘New World Wool’ campaign, marking 50 years of successful Australian wool trade with China. Filmed primarily in the iconic landscape of rural Tasmania, well-known as a top producer of Merino wool, beautiful romanticism collides with thrilling noir tones in this visually stunning production, where senses are heightened, memories are unearthed and timelines are
crossed.

The film features key wool garments from the fall/winter 2018 collections of some of the world’s leading fashion designers and brands, including Jacquemus, Paul Smith, Max Mara, Erin Snow and John Smedley, subtly weaving them into its narrative arc. In particular, the film tells the story of our cool female protagonist as she dives into her recollection of an encounter that changed her forever, and of how she came to carry the memento that keeps the sensation of her experience alive. That memento is a beautifully tailored Paul Smith wool coat – every time the protagonist wears it, she is taken back to the fiery sensation that warmed her heart, communicating the transformative and emotional experience that we can have with garments.

“I was inspired by the wool manufacturing process of taking something incredibly raw and turning it into something achingly beautiful,” explains director Ben Briand. “There is a beautiful tension in that notion and one that I wanted to explore through the creation of this film, and it’s an idea that flows through all the character dynamics and themes: a raw character embraces beauty; a love story in a tough world; a landscape that is beautiful yet that has harsh and raw elements to it; characters from different worlds.” Underpinning the film are the five elements of the Wu Xing: fire, earth, water, wood and metal, and their five actions of melting, penetrating, separating, absorbing and quenching. In traditional Chinese culture, the five phases of the Wu Xing are attributed as being responsible for or part of a number of different phenomena.

“These storytelling devices ensure this isn’t a fashion film, but a film that has fashion in it,” adds Briand. “The philosophies are integrated seamlessly into both the imagery and the plotting in an attempt to create a meaningful story. Working with world-class film collaborators, we were able to bring this film to life with impeccable craft, presenting an opportunity to create something that viewers can fall in love with.” Adds Liu Bordizzo: “It’s been an incredible opportunity to come home to Australia and shoot with Ben Briand for The Woolmark Company in some iconic local locations. I can’t wait to share this piece with audiences: it is visually stunning and I’m so excited to have been part of the captivating, female-driven story Ben has created.” Armour will debut at a series of screenings held by The Woolmark Company in Shanghai, China through the month of August.

FASHION CREDITS
HOTEL SCENE
Icebreaker Merino wool tank and briefs
John Smedley Merino wool knitted off-the-shoulder jumper
HALLWAY SCENE
Jacquemus belted wool coat
Paul Smith wool overcoat
Christian Louboutin heels
MOTORBIKE SCENE
Max Mara Merino wool lightweight knitted sweater
Tooralie wool denim jeans
Erin Snow quilted wool jacket
Strateas Carlucci coated wool backpack
DREAM SCENE
Akris wool crepe dress
BLAKE
Woolovers Merino wool knitted turtleneck sweater
Brooks Brothers quilted wool coat
Paul Smith wool overcoat
Tooralie wool denim jeans

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Writer & Director – Ben Briand

Producers – Matt Dooley and Rachael Ford Davies
Executive Producers – Mitchell Oakley Smith & Rachael Ford Davies
Director of Photography – Jeremy Rouse A.C.S.
Production Designer – Steven Jones-Evans
Editor – Adam Wills
Stylist – Jolyon Mason
Casting Director – Nikki Barrett
Music Composer – Frederick Lloyd

Cast
Agent Riva – Natasha Liu Bordizzo
Blake – Sam Smith
The Tall Man – Scott Burns
The Associate – Mick Davies

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